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David Tarkington
Orange Park, FL
Lead Pastor of First Baptist Church of Orange Park & the First Family Network
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Ashley (Tarkington) O'Brien has read the book The Pastor's Kid:What It's Like and How to Help by Barnabas Piper and as a pastor's kid (my kid) she has written this review of the book. Yet, this is more than a... Continue reading
Posted 10 minutes ago at davidtarkington.com
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It’s a presidential election year. The two major US political parties have just completed their respective conventions. However, the conventions this year were much different than those in the past. Thanks to COVID-19, the typical scenes of convention centers filled... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2020 at davidtarkington.com
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It’s a presidential election year. The two major US political parties have just completed their respective conventions. However, the conventions this year were much different than those in the past. Thanks to COVID-19, the typical scenes of convention centers filled... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2020 at davidtarkington.com
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Perhaps it is simply human nature? Maybe it is the deeply held desire to feel good about oneself? It could be that as long as we find someone else who is a worse person than we are, we deprives ourselves... Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2020 at davidtarkington.com
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Welcome to 2020, the gift that just keeps on giving. Way back (about 3,000 days ago) on January 1, there was much optimism from many for this year. Of course, in the United States, we were just getting started in... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2020 at davidtarkington.com
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Let me make this clear at the outset, I know this coronavirus pandemic has left many people hurting in many ways. In no way am I minimizing the grief of those who have had loved ones die of COVID-19. Those... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2020 at davidtarkington.com
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A number of weeks ago a twenty-year-old image appeared on one of my social media feeds. It was a photograph posted by a friend and it included a large group of young adults. These young couples and their children were... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2020 at davidtarkington.com
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Every pastor is dealing with this today. With all that we are facing in our communities and churches related to the pandemic, the polarization of political pundits, and the delay and/or cancellation of everything from sports to school, we are... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2020 at davidtarkington.com
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It's a statement that seems so obvious, but comes across as shocking to some. I have heard other pastors state it. I read it on a tweet by Derwin Gray a few weeks back. Then, for some reason, as I... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2020 at davidtarkington.com
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For years I have heard stories of church splits. Sometimes these are needed divisions in that they are over doctrine. When unbiblical actions occur or false doctrine is espoused from leaders, division seems inevitable. We have seen this recently in... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2020 at davidtarkington.com
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When I was a child, I began reading and collecting comic books. Back then, it was a trip to the local 7-Eleven and time spent perusing the spinner rack to find three comic books I could get with my dollar.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2020 at davidtarkington.com
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Years ago John Piper, prior to having surgery for his cancer, wrote a short message titled "Don't Waste Your Cancer." This is available online with the following description: On the eve of his own cancer surgery, John Piper writes about... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2020 at davidtarkington.com
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We are blessed in our church to have leaders on staff and godly lay-leaders of impeccable integrity. Our church in Orange Park, Florida (First Baptist Church - FBCOP, near Jacksonville) is a predominantly white, Anglo one. We have existed in... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2020 at davidtarkington.com
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Due to the recent upticks in COVID-19 cases, the City of Jacksonville, Florida (COJ) enacted an Executive Order for face masks to be worn in public indoor spaces. The mask issue has been one of the most debated this year... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2020 at davidtarkington.com
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The term "seat at the table" is often used in corporate America as well as in non-profits, denominational entities, and churches. The "table" is often seen as the place where those who have influence and power make decisions that impact... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2020 at davidtarkington.com
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During the early part of the 2000s, it seems that more and more independently funded "Christian" films were being released in theaters and direct to DVD. Some of these films featured Hollywood stars (yet mostly actors who were not A-listers... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2020 at davidtarkington.com
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I have a prediction. With all that has been happening related to racial issues in our nation over the past month, especially, it will not be long before Juneteenth is a recognized national holiday. Currently, the day is recognized in... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2020 at davidtarkington.com
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Dr. Albert Mohler has become one of the best-known Christian leaders in the United States over recent years. As president of The Southern Baptist Seminary (SBTS) he has a particular platform in evangelicalism that offers him opportunities to speak and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2020 at davidtarkington.com
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The "Kobayashi Maru" likely does not ring a bell for most people, but for the few who grew up watching the original Star Trek television series and then enjoyed seeing Captain Kirk, Spock, Dr. McCoy and the rest of the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2020 at davidtarkington.com
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Is this some horror-story version of the movie Groundhog Day? We have heard this story, or similar ones, before. "A black man is killed by a police officer - film at eleven." "Video footage of the killing of a black... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2020 at davidtarkington.com
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The era of the church growth movement along with its structure of specialized ministry led to multi-staffed churches with numerous associate pastors, assistant pastors, age-graded pastors, ministry interns, directors of ministry. etc. over the years. I am not saying these... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2020 at davidtarkington.com
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The year 2020 is definitely not proving to be what many anticipated on January 1. Just to add to the odd and disappointing stories we seem to be getting daily, we now have "The Price Is Right" promoting the culture... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2020 at davidtarkington.com
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I'm slowly working through the stack of books in my home office that I intended to read during the COVID-19 quarantine. Let's just say that I struggle to find the time to read as much as I would like, even... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2020 at davidtarkington.com
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The video hit social media yesterday. I saw it on my Twitter feed, not knowing the story. I hit PLAY. And, then I sat in silence. "What did I just watch?" "Is this real?" "Wait...this wasn't for some YouTube crowd-funded... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2020 at davidtarkington.com
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The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted every aspect of our lives. I am reminded daily when I receive updates and prayer requests regarding the health challenges and hospitalizations of church members, the reported deaths of those in our communities and families,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2020 at davidtarkington.com